For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known—Danila Botha

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Cover photo by Jowita Bydlowska

ISBN: 9781988040080
Price: $21.95

Finalist for the 2017 Trillium Book Award!
Shortlisted for The 2017 Vine Award Award for Canadian Jewish Literature in the Fiction category!




In For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known, Danila Botha explores the nuances and complexity of relationships, from love to betrayal. In these eighteen unforgettable stories, Botha creates characters so authentic, readers are convinced that they know them personally. As in her debut collection, Got No Secrets, Botha excels at blending literary techniques with popular zeitgeist. With her trademark honest and singular voice, Botha exposes the desire for human connection above all things. The collection is hopeful, fearless, and utterly relatable.

“Everyone in this book is alive. Painfully, nervously, ardently. This collection, (like Chekhov by way of Kathy Acker but utterly original), is truthful and dreamy, tough and tremulous; sad and aching, seductively, with hope.—Lynn Crosbie, author of Where Did You Sleep Last Night

“With an ear for poetry and a knack for tragedy, Danila Botha is an expert on yearning. These stories are for anyone who has ever loved and lost, but not let go.”—Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, author of Ghosted

For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known is unlike anything I have ever read before. Unflinchingly honest in its examination of love in all its joyful, messy, agonizing, spectacularly beautiful glory, these stories seem to vibrate on their own emotional frequency. Danila Botha writes with a heartbreaking rawness and intensity that will continue to haunt you long after you’ve turned the final page.”—Amy Jones, author of We’re All In This Together

“I discovered [author Danila Botha] while I was reading books for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award specifically her delightful first story collection, Got No Secrets. These two stories are brand new, stories written in a gutsy, head-on, colloquial style about love, sex and mis-connection among the urban 20-somethings she knows so well. Her characters are all compulsively themselves, driven, probably always, to make a mess of things, but vulnerable, full of desire, and often touchingly witty.”—Douglas Glover, author of Elle

“A searing and beautifully forthright collection about the angst, chaos, tragedy and hope in the quest for love. A series of unique, riveting and perfect portrayals that pulls no punches. Reading these stories made me smile and made me want to smash things.”—Lisa de Nikolits, author of Between the Cracks She Fell

“For All the Men has Botha delivering smart prose that seamlessly balances humour, disappointment, and dysfunction… Botha is an incredibly fresh voice in Canadian literature, and this remarkably visceral and unforgettable collection feels like it’s only setting the stage for much more to come.”—Liz Worth, Quill & Quire

“I devoured this collection, and I hope Ms. Botha continues to hone her craft producing more stories with that healthy touch of realism that she has come to be recognised for.” —Miramichi Reader

“Each of these stories are real and honest, open and gut-wrenching, and Botha makes them jump out from the page into your mind. The characters are unforgettable. This book will stay with you for a long time, as you ponder your own understanding of love long after you have shut the last page.”—Laurie Burns, Atlantic Books Today

“Botha’s characters freely indulge in sex and drugs and copious amounts of alcohol in their quest to find succour or peace, though it becomes readily apparent that what they are most intent on discovering… is some sort of authentic connection with another human being… The author is undeniably familiar with modern urban ennui, and the stories in her collection have an admirable directness and grit.”— Steven W. Beattie, Globe and Mail

“A series of orchestral variations whose loops and iterations are made vital by the steady introduction of new elements… stories full of people who disappoint, or are disappointed, yet they rarely end on a note of despair, which in today’s Tinder-enabled relationship landscape seems almost like an act of subversion… She [Botha] has a fine talent…”—Emily Donaldson, Toronto Star

“Botha’s collection thoughtfully, tragically, and insightfully captures the peculiarities of modern relationships in the time of texting, online dating, and an unnerving urban detachment we’ve come to recognize as a normal thing.”—The Literary Lollipop

Photo: Ayelet Tsabari

Photo: Ayelet Tsabari

Danila Botha is a fiction writer based in Toronto. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, she has lived in Israel, and in Nova Scotia. Her first collection of short stories, Got No Secrets, was praised by the Globe and Mail, the Chronicle Herald and the Cape Town Times. It was also named one of Britannica’s Books of the Year (Canadian short stories), and was published in South Africa in 2011. Her first novel, Too Much on the Inside, was shortlisted for the 2016 Relit Award and won a Book Excellence Award for Contemporary Novel. Her sophomore collection of short stories, For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known, was published in 2016 to rave reviews. It was also recently named a finalist for the 2017 Trillium Book Awards. She is currently working on her second novel and on a new collection of short stories. Read more on her website: www.danilabotha.com

 

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Canadian Shield—Kelley Aitken

9781988040097ISBN: 9781988040097
PRICE: $21.95

Winner of a 2017 Ippy Awards Regional Bronze Medal for Fiction!




Kelley Aitken’s compelling short fiction collection is united by a sense of place, the Canadian Shield. Her nine short stories traverse an area between land and water; near and far, between the uncontrollable and the veneer of civility. They reflect, Janus-headed, on Nature and human nature. Canadian Shield addresses that anxious paradox between our yearning for the wild and our need for security—a profound dilemma of our time.

“Loss and longing, love, betrayal, and hard-won heart, the souls in these stories are mirrored in the Canadian wild. This is travel over tough terrain—river, rock, and the inner landscapes of people who search—these stories will stay with you for a long time.”—Kim Echlin, author of Under the Visible Life and The Disappeared

“Aitken writes dense, layered stories that play with temporality and use the natural world as a mirror for the psyches of her characters… Aitken’s stories are dark, but tremendously insightful and empathetic. This is a smart, haunting collection.”—Alexander De Pompa, Broken Pencil

“Aitken’s exquisite prose takes us on a profound journey from camp to bush to canoe in a deeply moving reflection on our relationships with ourselves and our surroundings.”—Goodreads

Photo by Zenia Buzanko

Kelley Aitken is a writer, artist, and teacher. Her book Love in a Warm Climate (The Porcupine’s Quill, 1998) was nominated for the Commonwealth Prize, Best First Book. Kelley has lived in the Philippines, Ecuador, and various parts of Canada. Born in British Columbia, Kelley makes her home in Toronto where she teaches drawing at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Heyday–Marnie Woodrow

Heyday Cover Web copyISBN: 9781926639901
PRICE: $21.95


2016 Toronto Book Award Finalist!
2016 Hamilton Literary Award for Fiction Winner!
Winner of the 2016 Goldie Award for Dramatic/General Fiction!

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In Marnie Woodrow’s second novel,  two lively girls meet aboard a roller coaster in 1909 and a modern-day woman grieves the loss of a partner with whom she was not in love. Heyday is a double-barreled story about nostalgia, the soul’s quest for pleasure, and the power of love to endure through lifetimes.

Heyday is both a fun, parallel romantic romp through time, and a heart-wrenching epic about timeless truths of the heart and the importance of seeking out what thrills us while we can. A stunning book.”—Zoe Whittall, author of Holding Still For as Long as Possible

Heyday set across two centuries, tells an atmospheric story of carnival life and the human heart. Bette, Freddie and Joss soar and tumble like the roller coasters that enchant them, taking readers on a gripping and heartfelt ride.”—Nancy Jo Cullen, author of Canary

“Woodrow is a terrific writer. . . this is an entertaining page-turner.” —Susan G. Cole, NOW magazine

“The novel’s historical detail is evocatively realized, and uncompromising in its sense of immediacy and richness of atmosphere . . . the past and present timeline subtly connecting with small details.” —Kerry Clare, picklemethis.com

“Engrossing tale of love’s complexity . . . Woodrow (Spelling Mississippi) captures bygone and recent Toronto with graceful prose.” —Publishers Weekly

Heyday is a thoughtful examination of what it means to love and be loved, and to maintain a fundamental sense of self in the process.”—Quill and Quire

“Marnie Woodrow’s latest novel since 2002’s Spelling Mississippi follows three women through parallel love stories. Propelling the book is the question of how these stories converge. They do, and it’s a twist.”—Globe and Mail

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Photo: Janette Piquette

Marnie Woodrow is the acclaimed author of two short fiction collections, Why We Close Our Eyes When We Kiss, and In The Spice House, and a novel, Spelling Mississippi, a love story set in pre-Katrina New Orleans. Spelling Mississippi was short-listed for the amazon.ca First Novel Prize.

 

 

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The Theory of Light at Midnight-Elizabeth Ukrainetz

FINAL Theory of Light WebISBN: 9781926639864

PRICE: $17.95—special sale price!

Shortlisted for the 2016 ReLit Award!




Twenty years after a horrific captivity, Magda’s perfect life begins to crumble. Helpless to the resurgence of memory, she collapses inward. Through a haze of desire frighteningly evocative of the attack, she desperately attempts to fit together the bits and pieces of self, which existed before and after. The Theory of Light at Midnight is the story of the disintegration of personality, and one woman’s attempt to reconstruct integrity with the truth of brutality intact.

“In this series of ‘broken cantos,’ language buckles under the weight of a body’s knowing, giving voice to a novel which sings its gorgeous dissonance.  Like a rare piece of music, this writing moved me to tears.  It is an astonishing work. Magda’s experience of childhood violence reverberates throughout her life and words—and into the bodies of readers who hold this book in their hands. The Theory of Light at Midnight not only describes trauma, it renders it actual through Ukrainetz’ extraordinary prose.—Marianne Apostolides, author of Sophrosyne

“Surreal. Dreamlike. Childhood trauma and adult aftershock transformed into art.” —Mary Lou Dickinson, author of Would I Lie to You? and Ile D’Or

“A poet as well as a prose writer, Ukrainetz has a handle on language”—Quill & Quire

“A  deftly crafted and compelling read from beginning to end… destined to become a literary classic.”—Midwest Book Review

The Theory of Light at Midnight brings Ukrainetz back into the world of Canadian fiction. The novel is a temporally and structurally fragmented look at the inner life of a woman… Ukrainetz deftly steps outside of time and linear structure… conveying a strong sense of Magda’s central struggle.”— David Burgess McGregor, Winnipeg Review

“Elizabeth Ukrainetz’s writing shows brief glimpses of life on the other side of a window painted with vivid colours and designs. Language in her work is at the forefront.”—Room

“Language, for Elizabeth Ukrainetz, is a goal in itself. In The Theory of Light at Midnight, it is the poetic prose that draws the reader’s attention.”—Herizons

Photo by Kye Marshall

Photo by Kye Marshall

Elizabeth Ukrainetz writes prose and poetry. Her work has appeared in several anthologies and journals over the years, including The Malahat Review,  Fiddlehead, and Grain. She’s published two books with Exile Editions, Baby, I Love You: Stories and Minor Assumptions. Visit her website at eeukra.net

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Ghost Sick—Emily Pohl-Weary

ISBN: 9781926639826

PRICE: $16.95—special sale price!

Winner of the 2016 Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry!




When a Christmas Eve shooting devastated Emily Pohl-Weary’s community, she began to hunt through the numbness and grief for some understanding and hopefulness about the future. In the tradition of Carolyn Forché, Ernesto Cardenal, and Shu Ting, Ghost Sick is a poetry of witness. It chronicles the impact of violence on an inner-city Toronto neighbourhood, the power of empathy, and the resilience of the human spirit.

“A hard, sad, and beautifully necessary collection of poems. A book that helps us claw our way back from the edges of our own teetering lives.”—Susan Musgrave, author of A Man to Marry, A Man to Bury

“Ghost Sick focuses on violence and its personal cost in a Toronto neighbourhood, starting from the writer’s childhood to the present, the wasted lives, the pain and loss of her own and those of people dear to her.”—Marge Piercy, New York Times bestselling author of Gone to Soldiers

“These are not easy poems to forget, so take a deep breath, and plunge right in. The world will not look the same when you re-emerge, but the rewards are immense: you come away from these poems open to possibility, hopeful for change, and knowing you are not alone in that struggle.”—Carolyn Smart, author of Hooked

“Pohl-Weary’s gritty vernacular got game, got street cred. Like Holocaust witness poet Paul Celan, Pohl-Weary checks tabloids, billboards, newsflashes, for the language to bespeak domesticated violence.”—George Elliot Clarke, Halifax Chronicle-Herald

“The poems in Ghost Sick coalesce into a very strong, coherent collection that should be read from cover to cover . . . this is a book that looks forward towards a better city, better citizens, and a better society.” —Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Broken Pencil

“Ghost Sick takes your breath away and leaves you wanting more. A great read that makes you think about what it means to bear witness to tragedy.”—Christine Smith (McFarlane), Shameless Magazine

“A nuanced, wrenching and ultimately heart-opening poetry collection that took eight years to write—nearly a decade of trying to grapple with the shooting death of a young man in her Parkdale neighbourhood.” —Yukon News

Ghost Sick by Emily Pohl-Weary is a collection of poems that witness. They are testimony, commentary, and emotional responses to the crime, drugs, loss of innocence and more in a Toronto neighborhood and other places where lives are wasted and lost too easily.”—Serena Agusto-Cox, Savvy Verse and Wit

Emily Pohl-Weary is an award-winning author, editor, arts educator, and academic. She is the author of several books, including the emily-pohl-wearynovels A Girl Like Sugar and Strange Times at Western High; the young adult novel Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl; the poetry collection Iron-on Constellations; and the biography Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril, which won a Hugo Award for Best Related Book.

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A Token of My Affliction-Janette Platana

ISBN: 9781926639758
Price: $16.95—special sale price

Finalist for the 2016 English Language Trillium Book Award!

Longlisted for The Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize!




Janette Platana’s cheerfully disturbing, gleefully outraged, and chillingly beautiful stories break open the lives of apparently ordinary people who struggle and sometimes succeed in living without compromise, refusing to sacrifice the world they sense to the world they see, and where things can be true without ever being real. The range of this accomplished and poetic voice may cause vertigo, owing, as it does, as much to the Clash to Stephen King, to Caitlin Moran as to Flannery O’Connor, and something to David Sedaris. A Token of My Affliction will make you laugh while breaking your heart wide open.

“Wild, witty and thought-provoking…”—Michelle Berry, author of Interference

Janette Platana’s writing is brave and vivid and full of tender sacrilege.”—David Bergen, author of The Time in Between

“Platana questions where choices originate from and what factors make us choose certain paths and not others.”—Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating Canada

“So funny. So perfect; so true. I really haven’t got one negative thing to say about this book. You should read it. Janette Platana is one of our best.” —Richard Rosenbaum, Broken Pencil

“This is an impressive collection of short stories.”—goodreads.com

“This collection is as brilliant as it is terrifying… For Janette Platana, to have an affliction is to be a person… I highly recommend this book.”—Evelyn Deshane, The Rusty Toque

“I’ve never read anything quite as raw as Janette Platana’s first collection of short stories, A Token of My Affliction…  if this is only Janette Platana’s debut collection, then we’ve all got a whole slew of incredible stories coming our way.—galaxyquill.com

“A magnifying glass that you hold up to an assortment of lives that look a lot like your own, and through that magnifying glass you see all the fascinating and horrible microscopic entities crawling over the surface and within the minuscule cracks of those lives.”—Andrew Forbes, 49th Shelf

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Janette Platana’s poetry and fiction have appeared in literary magazines across Canada, in the U.S., and in Turkey. Originally from Saskatchewan, and with a background in indie bands and improv comedy, she now lives and writes in Peterborough, Ontario. Her short story, “Dear Dave Bidini,” won This Magazine‘s 2009 Great Canadian Literary Hunt.  A Token of My Affliction is Janette’s debut collection of short fiction.

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You Turn Your Back-Royston Tester

ISBN: 9781926639819
PRICE: $14.95-special sale price!

Longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award!




In settings as varied as industrial England, the Syrian desert, urban Morocco, rural “expat” Spain, Canada’s West coast, and the China–Vietnam border, Royston Tester explores the very human struggles of people caught between cultures, social classes, lovers, family members, and sexualities. In “Dotty,” a young Canadian woman on a work-stay program in a Cornish village tries to make sense of her affair with an Italian factory owner. In “Who Knows Where,” two Canadian daughters grapple with their drug-addled mother whose lovemaking is haunted by the ghost of a stillborn baby. In “Face,” a lovesick Chinese Canadian student lays down the law to his ambitious father over a dinner of monkey brains. In unforgettable, stripped-down prose, the stories in this book observe, with an unflinching eye, those who dare to take steps further.

You Turn Your Back is a vigorous and daring exploration of the limits of form and character. It is a demanding work, often asking the reader to witness and engage with situations of emotional duress and physical violence. It is also a work that rewards.”—Kerri Lu, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal

Royston Tester is the award-nominated author of the story collections Fatty Goes to China and Summat Else. His short fiction has appeared in North American, Asian, and European publications.

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I Am Currently Working on a Novel—Rolli

Price: $16.95 special sale price!

ISBN: 9781926639734

Shortlisted for the 2015 ReLit Award, shortlisted for the High Plains Award, longlisted for The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award!


I am Currently Working on a Novel coverThe more than 70 stories in I Am Currently Working on a Novel are as diverse as a telephone conversation or your average ocean. There are stories set in Hollywood, London, and the bottom of the sea. There are also pieces about ghosts, robots, love, Pointillism, death, and immortality. Though seldom longer than a few pages, there is more mystery, sadness and sheer mania in Rolli’s slimmed-down fictions than a whole shelf-full of standard novels.

“As dazzling as they are brilliant, these stories are bursting with life. They sing. And they’re very funny too.”—Nik Perring, author of Freaks

“Because this is a magic book, as you absorb its people you begin to realize that the real people around you are and have always been impossible.”—Brian Conn, editor of Birkensnake

“Rolli’s eccentric, whimsical stories exhibit a style and a brand of comedy all his own. There is much to love about this collection for a general audience, but these stories will be most rewarding for Rolli’s fellow writers and artists.” — pankmagazine.com

“The seventy-five stories in mononymous author Rolli’s new flash-fiction collection, I Am Currently Working on a Novel, waver between whimsical and bleak. The best ones are both.”—heavyfeatherreview.com

“Rolli’s imagination is admirable, and his ability to make so much happen in so few words is deeply impressive. Each one of the stories in I Am Currently Working On A Novel is finely-crafted, a miniature triumph.” —neonmagazine.co.uk

Saskatchewan resident Rolli is a writer, cartoonist, and the author of God’s Autobio, Plum Stuff, Mavor’s Bones and Dr. Franklin’s Staticy Cat. His cartoons appear regularly in Reader’s Digest. He lives in Regina, SK.

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In the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci-Jeffrey Round

Da Vinci CoverISBN: 9781926639789
PRICE: $12.95 – special sale price!
Shortlisted for the 2015 ReLit Award!




Divided into “exhibitions” corresponding roughly to various rooms in the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Milan, this stunning poetry collection explores the legacy of da Vinci’s inventive imagination in various areas, such as war, medicine, sound, and aviation. The poems reflect how the 20th century was shaped by da Vinci’s work and theories, which are still being explored today.

“Jeffrey Round asks a big question: ‘What does infinity know?’ In a poetry collection with da Vinci at its core, themes of invention dovetail with themes of memory and loss.”—Jim Nason, author of Narcissus Unfolding

“There is food for thought throughout this collection.”—Amos Lassen, reviewsbyamoslassen.com

“Poetry requires a light touch, of knowing what to leave out, what not to over-explain. Jeffrey’s poems are easy to read, but not simple… a classy book of poetry.”—Paul Bellini, mygaytoronto.com

Jeffrey Round is an award-winning writer, director, and playwright. He is the author of A Cage of Bones, The Honey Locust,  The P-town Murders and the Lambda Award-winning Lake on the Mountain. He founded a multimedia theater company, Best Boys Productions, and his full-length stage play, Zebra, won the Gay and Lesbian Appeal’s “Right to Privacy Award” and was nominated for a Pink Trillium for Best Play. He founded the Church-Wellesley Review, Canada’s first print journal for LGBT creative writing. He lives in Toronto.

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The Voices in Between – Charlene Challenger

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ISBN: 9781926639796
PRICE: $15.95—special sale price!




Nominated for a 2015 Aurora Award and longlisted for a 2015 Sunburst Award!AuroraWinner+NomineeLogos_2"

Adoni is a teenaged girl who lives in a downtown apartment with her mother, an emotionally and physically abusive woman who drinks too much. One evening, Adoni finds herself drawn to the enchanting voice of a man singing in the alley beneath her bedroom window. The man, Ritter, brings Adoni to the Welcome, a northern colony of the In-Between world, where young people who have been rescued from harm are kept safe by their sworn immortal protectors, the pipers. But when the Welcome is attacked by changelings—led by the vicious and charismatic Sylvester—and a centuries-old grudge spills over the edge and threatens to destroy the colony and everyone who lives there, Adoni must find the strength and courage within to stop the oncoming war. This stirring LGBTQ-positive coming-of-age fantasy novel accurately portrays issues such as domestic violence and emotional abuse, as well as cultural and sexual identity.

“In The Voices In Between, Challenger has created a brilliant urban fantasy haunted by a melody line and dark secrets that cut beneath reality. Her words sing on the page, weaving a world that draws you in with its claws and refuses to let go. Captivating, intriguing, and most of all musical, Challenger sets the stage for a series whose insistent voice will continue whispering into your ear long after you’ve turned the final page.” —S.M. Beiko, author, The Lake and the Library

“Brave, wrenching loving, wise—and absolutely breathtaking. I have not read a debut novel more clear-eyed and heartfelt than The Voices in Between.”—Leah Bobet, author of Above

“The descriptive passages are lyrical and make powerful use of metaphor”—Resources Links Magazine

The Voices in Between is an ambitious and sophisticated fantasy, written with evocative, brooding beauty. Challenger makes words on a page caress the ear like music or jar against the soul with a chilling and suspenseful grip.” —Ellen Wu, Canadian Review of Materials

The Voices in Between snatched my attention straight away with its unusual, atypical heroine… I found the book beautifully written and smart. There is something poetic and enchanting in the In-Between with its snowy landscape and its Christmas air… I sincerely enjoyed The Voices In Between and I highly recommend it.”—Angelique, Maple Books

The book is about so many things….making choices, finding your identity, fitting in, anger, manipulation, dealing with abuse (bullying). It is a great journey that brings forward many social issues that our young generation faces on a daily basis. I’m eagerly awaiting book two!!—lostintherain.com

“shows remarkable wisdom, with fluid prose and masterful plotting that hit all the right notes at just the right times. A multi-tiered accomplishment in YA fiction, the heroine and heroes are anything but typical, with remarkable diversity representative of the city in which it’s based.”—amazon.com customer review

Photo: Christine Baldacchino

Charlene Challenger is a writer, a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School, and the first recipient of the Gladys Shibley Mitchell Scholarship Award. She lives in Toronto with her husband and son. Tightrope Books published the sequel to the The Voices in Between, The Myth in Distance, in the fall of 2016.

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EAT YOUR HEART OUT WITH MORRO AND JASP


ISBN: 978-1926639727
PRICE: $16.95 special sale price!

Nominated in the Canada, English “Best Innovative Cookbook” category of the World Cookbook Awards. Morro & Jasp are 2014 Canadian Comedy Award winners!




Inspired by the award-winning show Morro and Jasp: Go Bake Yourself, this comedic, multifaceted, and interactive book involves comics, stories, poetry, illustrations, photographs, pie charts and over 130 recipes. Clown sisters Morro and Jasp take readers on a journey through their tastiest recipes, their most intimate thoughts, and their deepest desires as they explore how different foods connect to our different moods. With easy-to-make recipes as well as fun challenges to any reader’s culinary craftsmanship, Eat Your Heart Out is an entertaining guide to help people learn how to love playing with their food again.

“Sure to put a smile on your face”—Milwaukee Public Library

Morro and Jasp are a Toronto-based, award-winning comedy duo with extensive training in Pochinko-based clown work. They have performed in a number of fundraisers and charity events including the Ronald McDonald House and Sick Kids Hospital, as well as the Toronto Clown Festival, the Human River Walk, and numerous activities for Canada Day.

 

 

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Come Late to the Love of Birds – Sandra Kasturi

Come Late to the Love of BirdsISBN: 9781926639505

Price: $14.95—special sale price!

3rd place winner—2013 Elgin Awards/2013 Rhysling Award Nominee




Sandra’s first collection, The Animal Bridegroom featured an introduction by Neil Gaiman and has sold out. This collection expands on her themes of abject romances, deformed fairy tales gone and the astonishing delights of life in glorious 21st century. Her latest poetry book fuses nature’s continuous emotional offerings, our desire to understand ourselves with our passion to be free, devoid of the burden of modern thought.
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Sandra Kasturi is a writer, publisher, book reviewer and Bram Stoker Award-winning editor. She is the co-owner with her husband, writer and publisher Brett Alexander Savory, of the World Fantasy Award-nominated press, ChiZine Publications. She managed to snag an introduction from Neil Gaiman for her previous poetry collection, The Animal Bridegroom.

Praise for Come Late to the Love of Birds

“Beautiful poems in a jewel box of a collection. You should slow down and take the time to read it.”—Madeline Ashby, author of Company Town 

“Her words are imbued with complexity, multiplicity, and a deep interplay of meanings. Her poetic art is simultaneously completely natural and wholly transcendent.”—Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating Canada

“Stunning turns of phrases”—Diane Severson, Amazing Stories

“Kasturi catapults her readers into a parallel universe where dreams shape reality. Beware! She’s a powerful trickster who infuses the everyday with beauty, lust, changelings and not-so-benevolent magic.”—Emily Pohl-Weary, author of Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl

“Sandra Kasturi’s poetry collection, Come Late to the Love of Birds, is a dazzling journey through a mind awake, an eye alive, and a voice remarkably adept. There is great music here, and magic, and many impossible things you didn’t believe before you read them.”—Patrick O’Leary, author of The Gift and The Black Heart

“Sandra Kasturi’s poems in Come Late to the Love of Birds manage to have both the charm of a particularly beautiful and bright child, while at the same time the grinning bite of a bad seed. A sympathy for roasting birds, a send-up of mythology, the haunted dignity of a hawk—everything she writes has a touch of melancholy about it, but it’s the toy melancholy of the curious and optimistic. How I’d love to be a subject in her world. These poetic tales are funny, absurd, sad, portentous, and completely brilliant. I shall look twice when I next see a bird. I too, have come late to the love of birds—but now I adore them.”—Susie Moloney, author of A Dry Spell and The Thirteen

Praise for The Animal Bridegroom

The Animal Bridegroom is a wonderful showcase for Sandra Kasturi’s work—she has a lot to say and hundreds of ways to say it. Filled with poetry of sheer, spinning invention and genuine passion, none of it comfortable or conventional, this long-awaited book is a genuine pleasure to read.”—Peter Straub, author of A Dark Matter and Mrs. God

“Sandra Kasturi’s magical poems transform the ordinary into the surreal and exotic.”—Phyllis Gotlieb, author of Birthstones and Red Blood, Black Ink, White Paper

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Dirty Bird – Keir Lowther

Dirty BirdISBN: 9781926639529

PRICE: $15.95 – special sale price!

Winner: 2013 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award
Shortlisted: 2013 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize
Shortlisted: 2013 Relit Award in the Novel Category
Shortlisted: 2014 PEI Book Award for Fiction

 




CBC Literary Award finalist Keir Lowther makes his debut with a novel that revolves around loved ones dead and alive, family or otherwise that haunts the modern psyche of one young boy, trapped in the grotesque world that surrounds him. Written in a creepy, deadpan, dark spiritual tone that will light a powder keg in the lukewarm waters of Canadian fiction. Dirty Bird is a family dystopia saga of anxiety and misplaced love, carved out in the spirit of spooky tradition of writers such as Tony Burgess, Joey Comeau and Lisa Foad.

Keir Lowther’s Dirty Bird gets between your teeth. It leaves silt in your bed sheets and second-hand smoke in your hair. It’s a neo-Canadian gothic tale of dysfunction, hallucination, and denial. It will make you feel sick, weak all over, but you’ll love it. You’ll crawl around for days after finishing it, wishing for more. This book breaks into your brain – but you’ll have to read it to know what that really means.” —Liz Worth, author of Treat Me Like Dirt

“This debaucherous debut from Keir Lowther does not deal in pig-tailed orphans or raspberry cordial. Instead it delivers a darkly gothic PEI—made of grit, grime, and grotesquerie—in which the wronged dead crawl from their graves to track mud across your clean kitchen floor. Dirty Bird is a devilish, desperate plea from one very disturbed little boy who spends his summer longing for Happy Meals and coming of age among adults with human hearts and savage, animalistic appetites. This book reminds you of every bad thing you ever did and shames you for it. Dirty Bird will raze your brain and haunt your dreams and leave you begging for more.”—Matthew J. Trafford, author of The Divinity Gene

“There are serene moments in the book that breathe clean air into its dirty pages. But it’s the dirty moments that earn Lowther his ribbon; his ability to make small town tragedies new again, and make innocence unnerving, and his knack for writing about an off-kilter family from a tiny island out east that leaves us feeling bad on the inside.”—Colin Brush, Broken Pencil

“I’ll never forget this book… So real and gritty.”—goodreads.com

“We need more writers like Keir Lowther”—libeery.tumblr.com

Keir LowtherKeir Lowther lives in Prince Edward Island with his wife, daughter and dog. His great grandfather was Lucy Maud Montgomery’s first cousin.

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Here We Are Among the Living – Samantha Bernstein


ISBN9781926639444
Price: $13.95 sale price!

Long-listed for the BC national non-fiction award!




Tumbling into adulthood as the world falls into post 9–11 madness, Samantha Bernstein vividly depicts a generation raised in the ruins of Baby Boomer idealism. The daughter of a hippie mom ground down by life in a relentless film industry, and an absent, famous poet father, Samantha enters her twenties outraged by the legacies of her predecessors. In emails chronicling five years, she writes toward a vision that reconciles history with the possibility of an ethical and hopeful future. Creating collectives that are at once joyous and politically engaged, the characters in this memoir accept loss, acknowledge fear, and fight cynicism. Exultant and poignant, caustic and tender, Here We Are Among the Living invites readers to look carefully at the world – to believe the choices we make matter, and that to love is the most important choice of all.

“In the book, written in five years’ worth of emails to her nearest and dearest, Bernstein details her life as a young woman falling in love and deciding what to do with the boundless energy of her youth. She also happens to be the youngest daughter of a Canadian literary luminary, the poet Irving Layton, and though he had next to no part in raising her, the psychic weight of his absence in her life and presence in the literary canon leaves a deep impression on Bernstein’s spirit. By virtue of both her youth and her DNA, Bernstein embodies a curiosity and lust for life. And she is, of course, a writer. By the terms she has explicitly set for the work, Bernstein’s memoir is a success.”—The National Post

Here We Are Among the Living is a documentation of intersections between the personal and political… It’s the story of the profound ways in which an ordinary woman understands her place within the wider world.”—Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This

Samantha Bernstein’s poetry and prose has appeared in various publications, including Exile Literary Quarterly, The Fiddlehead and the anthology TOK 3: Writing the New Toronto.  Samantha is a doctoral student at York University; her dissertation explores relationships between ethics and aesthetics Sam and her husband play in Samba Elegua, a community drum orchestra that on any given day you might see dancing down a Toronto street.

 

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Fatty Goes to China – Royston Tester


ISBN-13: 9781926639482
Price: $12.95 – special sale price!

Longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize




Written in original, humorous, and innovative ways, these 11 richly, varied stories expose the risks in finding shelter in unaccommodating places. Exploring the precarious lives of an accident-prone Chinese construction worker with a dark secret, a fatally ill Canadian artist who remains in Beijing after the 2008 Olympics, a grieving barber who makes a gruesome discovery about his Czech lover, and a couple who make a shocking, last-minute decision about their adoptive child, these unforgettable narratives—both dark and emotional—travel from China to Canada and Europe to convey vivid descriptions and a nostalgic appeal.

“When you’re in the mood for a challenge–when you need to stretch your thinking muscles a bit–I highly recommend Fatty Goes to China. It’s not a perfect book, and it may perplex you often, but it’s haunting and damned interesting. I won’t forget this book.”—insatiablebooksluts.com

“Royston Tester is a revelation”—Susie Bright

Royston Tester is an associate editor for online Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. He is the author of the story collections You Turn Your Back and Summat Else. His short fiction has appeared in North American, Asian, and European publications.

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Onion Man – Kathryn Mockler


ISBN-13: 978-1-926639-39-0
Price: $10 – special sale price!
Pub Date: November 2011

Longlisted for 2012 ReLit Award




This sparse and powerful poetic debut, weaves a tale of heartache, dissolution, and coming of age.

Onion Man is an intense and masterly sculpted series of linked poems set in London, Ontario, in the late 1980s– a time in Canada when the recession lay like a lead weight on the shoulders of young people, leaving the future bleak.

The poems are told from the point of view of an eighteen-year-old girl working for the summer at a corn canning factory, and they follow her relationship with her factory job, her boyfriend, her alcoholic mother, her terminally ill grandfather, and the man who every night “peels an onion and eats it as if it were an apple.”

The Onion Man doesn’t speak English and is tormented by the other workers. After his son dies, he commits suicide at the factory, and the girl finds his body. This traumatic event causes her to rethink the direction of her life.

About the Author

Kathryn Mockler is the author of the poetry books Onion Man (Tightrope Books, 2011) and The Saddest Place on Earth (forthcoming in December 2012 with DC Books). She received her MFA from the University of British Columbia and her BA in Honors English and Creative Writing. Her writing has appeared in Descant, Joyland, The Capilano Review, The Antigonish Review, The Puritan, La Petite Zine, Geist, and This Magazine. Her films have been broadcast on TMN, Movieola, and Bravo and have screened at numerous festivals. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Western University and is the co-founder of the online journal The Rusty Toque.

Praise for Onion Man

“Mockler can’t hide anything in lines this clean and spare. Onion Man delivers a bold, candid voice. It’s a book of brave choices. We have a winner in Kathryn Mockler.
— Michael V. Smith

“With Onion Man, Mockler does for the Pillsbury factory was Dante did for hell. But Mockler is funnier. Nearly every piece on this epic, romantic novel-in-verse cracked me up and, like the best comedians, Mockler breaks your heart while she makes you laugh. Her deadpan wit is dead-on and her understated insight is fathoms deep. You’ve never read a book of poetry like this.”
— Sharon McCartney

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How to Get a Girl Pregnant – Karleen Pendleton Jiménez

ISBN: 9781926639406
Price: $19.95
Shortlisted for the 2012 Lambda award!




How to Get a Girl Pregnant is a frank and funny memoir about a dyke trying to get pregnant. Karleen Pendleton Jiménez has known that she was gay since she was three years old and wanted to have a baby for almost as long. But how is a butch Chicana lesbian supposed to get sperm? Picking up men at nightclubs and restaurants? Asking queer male friends for a donation? Using sperm banks dominated by blue-eyed and blond-haired donors? This candid and humorous memoir follows Karleen’s challenges, adventures, successes, failures, humiliations, and triumphs while attempting to fulfill her dream of giving birth to a child. It is a confession of desire, humility, and the search for perfection.

“Like all great memoirs, this is an intimate story that manages to connect with the universal, and the narratives of pregnancy and motherhood are so much richer for it.”—Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This

“It’s an honest, brave and beautiful story and everyone should read it.”—Alison Lang, Broken Pencil

“You’re a butch woman, a bulldagger, an outlier, and your maternal instincts are a strong as Betty Crocker. Whaddya do when you want to get pregnant on the double without a lot of heterosexual handwringing and bourgeois p.c. angst? You listen to Karleen Jimenez tell you, that’s what! And laugh and cry along with her. This book IS the antidote to all those dreary, by-the-numbers books and pamphlets about how to inseminate, how to get sperm motility, all the legal issues… yes yes we KNOW all that but can’t someone get to the heart of it all? Someone who isn’t plagued with square anxieties, who has a vision about loving that can’t quit?”—Susie Bright

Karleen Pendleton Jiménez is the screenwriter of the award-winner film Tomboy, and the author for the children’s book Are You a Boy or a Girl?, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. She is a professor of education at Trent University. Raised in LA, having lived in Berkeley and San Diego, she now makes her home in Toronto.

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Prick: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist – Ashley Little

ISBN-13: 978-1-926639-38-3
Pub Date:
Fall 2011
Price: $13.95 special sale price!

Shortlisted for the 2012 ReLit Award for best novel.




In this crackling debut, Ashley Little creates a new anti-hero — one whose audacity is matched by his vulnerability. PRICK is narrate by twenty-one year old Anthony “Ant” Young: an artist, an asshole, and an anti-hero. After fleeing a violent home life in Calgary, Ant moves to Victoria, BC, where he earns his tattooing apprenticeship under Hank the Tank, a founding member of the powerful Lucifer’s Choice motorcycle gang. Under Hank’s guidance, Ant learns the craft and business of tattoo, but he is also exposed to a vicious and frightening criminal underworld. Written in intense, rapid-fire bursts, PRICK explores themes of addiction, desire, and remorse. As Ant’s life stumbles out of control, he struggles to hold on to the one thing he really cares about. Ashley Little follows in the footsteps of Bret Easton Ellis and Heather O’Neill in this unforgettable, disturbing and darkly funny tale.

Ashley Little received a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria. She won the 2008 Okanagan Short Story Contest. Her work has appeared in Broken Pencil, The Danforth Review, Room and the anthology Writing Without Direction: Ten and a Half Stories by Canadian Authors Under Thirty (Clark-Nova, 2010). She lives in BC’s Okanagan Valley where she is completing her MFA. http://ashleylittle.com

Praise for Prick: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist

“Fearless, the straight stuff! An arresting look at the world of tattoo; graphic as a freshly embroidered skull on virgin skin. Via the morally ambiguous point of view of an eager young apprentice, PRICK is an entree to a world not often seen and even less understoof. With wistful shades of Willie Vlautin and al the grit of Charles Bukowski, Ashley Little lushly demonstrates that hers in an important new voice in unflinchingly real storytelling.”  – Dennis E. Bolen, author of Kaspoit!

“Prick is a screeching hell ride down damnation alley…Like a car wreck to the morbidly inquisitive, or a brilliant dragon tattoo on alabaster flesh, Prick is a beautifully disturbing tale revealing the morally mangled soul of a young man.”—The Toronto Review of Books 


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Contrary | Ruth Roach Pierson

Contrary, by Ruth Roach PiersonISBN-13: 9781926639338
Price: $7-special sale price!
Pub Date: 2011

Longlisted for 2012 ReLit Award




Governor General’s Award finalist Ruth Pierson’s third collection of poetry articulates the oppositional emotions that develop with the loss of a loved one. While humour, fond remembrance, and wry awareness break through, contrariness tinges many of the poems in this collection, a contrariness rooted in rueful self-examination, in feelings of living at cross purposes with the expected and the polite, of seeing the world aslant. At the heart of Contrary is an unflinching portrayal of the emotional maelstrom that overtook the poet as she faced the dying and death of her only brother. These are poems that mount an opposition, poems that contradict and argue, sometimes in jest, sometimes in deadly seriousness, poems that read unexpected messages into paintings and photographs, poems that are attuned to the dialectic undercurrents of living.

Ruth Roach Pierson took up the pen in pursuit of poetry after a distinguished career in academia. Her poems have appeared in ARC, Event, The Fiddlehead, Literary Review of Canada, The Malahat Review, Pagitica, Pottersfield Portfolio, Prism International, Queen’s Feminist Review, Quills, Room of One’s Own, and Vallum as well as a number of anthologies. She lives in Toronto.

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The Girl on the Escalator | Jim Nason

The Girl on the Escalator, by Jim Nason
ISBN-13: 9781926639-35-2
Price: $10 sale price!
Pub Date: Spring 2011

Longlisted for the 2012 ReLit Award!




From critically acclaimed poet and novelist Jim Nason comes a collection of vivid and affecting stories about the brief moments that change lives. The characters in the book’s eleven stories live in a world upside down. From the young professional who leaves her high-powered job to explore street life as a graffiti artist, to the gay man who falls in love with a woman, to the spin class fanatic who learns that there’s a fine line between fitness and addiction, these excessive and radical characters create pandemonium wherever they go. Inspired by everyday people riding the TTC, Jim Nason has crafted a collection of gender- and expectation-bending stories that reveal the extraordinary and often heartbreaking truths behind ordinary life. Poignant and uplifting, The Girl on the Escalator is a fresh look at the world right outside our door.

Praise for The Girl on the Escalator:

“With an unflinching eye—and evoking ‘lapsed’ territories of Raymond Carver and Norman Levine—Jim Nason guides us artfully, and with cutting-edge wit, through a marginalized world whose quiet, devastating terror is that it may be our own . . . Tough, acutely observed, and tender, the stories in this collection bear the hallmark of a prodigious downtown seer whose unforgettable voice is distinctly his own. A gem of a work.—Royston Tester, author of Summat Else

“Nason’s well-drawn characters push themselves to the limit, whatever the limit, and keep going. One excellent story after another, original and very polished. His descriptions and dialogue are right on target—Nason is a terrifically good writer.”—Elisavietta Ritchie, author of In Haste I Write You This Note: Stories and Half-Stories

Praise for The Housekeeping Journals:

“Nason offers readers a glimpse into characters who are bitter and wise, funny and dignified . . . gorgeously and with grace, glimpses into the beautifully fought lives and deaths of his characters.”—Mary Horodyski, Prairie Fire

Jim Nason’s award-winning poems and stories have appeared in literary journals and anthologies across the United States and Canada, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008 & 2010. He has published three books of poetry: If Lips Were as Red (Palmerston Press), The Fist of Remembering (Wolsak and Wynn), Narcissus Unfolding (Frontenac House). His debut novel, The Housekeeping Journals, was released to critical acclaim by Turnstone Press in 2007. He lives in Toronto.

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Come Closer | Leanne Averbach

Come Closer, by Leanne AverbachISBN-13: 9781926639192
Price: $5 – special sale!
Pub Date: Fall 2010

Longlisted for the 2011 ReLit Award




 From poet and award-winning filmmaker Leanne Averbach comes a new collection of poems. Come Closer draws on themes as widespread as Averbach’s left-wing-activist and trade-union-organizer past, the loss of her parents, the Iraq War, and the homeless, all seen through the gritty lens of New York City and with a persistent inner dialogue about love, family, and doubt. Cool-burning with the strange and the sensual, Come Closer takes the imposing realities of political, environmental, and social upheaval, and infuses each with the personal.

Praise for Leanne Averbach

“Witty, cynical and startlingly lusty, Averbach’s lushly lyrical, ‘thick wet strokes’ of irreverence are finely wrought with haunting immediacy. Her work provides a must-read collection: highly charged eroto-comic and compelling snapshots that linger.”—Adeena Karasick

“Averbach’s poems swing from worldly to wild.”—Georgia Straight

Leanne Averbach is a Canadian poet and filmmaker. She has been published and has performed with musicians across Canada, in the US, and in Italy. Her first book, Fever (Mansfield Press), was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Prize in 2006. Her companion CD Fever is a fusion of her spoken words and the blues/jazz accompaniment of the Vancouver group Indigo. Averbach’s second short film based on her poetry, Teacups & Mink, has garnered numerous awards. For more information visit www.leanneaverbach.com.

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The Mourner’s Book of Albums | Daniel Scott Tysdal

ISBN-13: 978-1-926639-20-8
Special Sale Price: $11.95
Pub Date: Fall 2010

Longlisted for the 2011 ReLit Award




An unconventional and profound mixed-media poetry collection that blends traditional and avant garde forms to explore remembrance, grief, and mourning. Daniel Scott Tysdal follows up his first award-winning collection of poetry with The Mourner’s Book of Albums, an emotionally striking and formally ambitious exploration of the elegiac tradition and the twenty-first-century attitude to remembrance and grief. Encountering a wide range of arresting events—from a best friend’s suicide to the war in Afghanistan, from improvised memorials to the plastinated corpses of Body Worlds—these innovative poems survey the forces and forms that shape what and how we mourn. The sonically lively lines, the vivid images, and the richly textured voices of the The Mourner’s Book of Albums are composed in a variety of traditional and unconventional forms—the lyric, the ballad, the graphic poem, and the fabricated document, to name a few—as a means of grappling with the many acts and practices that link the living and the dead. Tysdal compiles the albums, however fluid and fragile, that hold them together.

Click to read an excerpt from The Mourner’s Book of Albums.

Praise for Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method:

“Daniel Scott Tysdal’s poetry is an exhilarating mix of pop culture, philosophy, mythology, and visual art. Here is a poet who possesses the rare combination of experimental instinct and communicative acuity. Read this book for its confident virtuosity, its innovative spirit, and its surprising generosity.”—Jon Paul Fiorentino

“Tysdal recognizes and deconstructs—playfully—the patented absurdity of conventional language. He employs academic, literary, and pop cultural terms, references, discourses, and images to underscore the implicit argument here that standard semantic structures—rhetorics—obscure truth and, thus, Justice. Yet, for all their high-minded, critical jouissance, the lyrics are lively with accessible puns, jokes, games, and satire.”—George Elliot Clarke, author of Whylah Falls

“Tysdal at his best creates a complex, multidimensional, and often contradictory layering of thought and feeling; this tremendously rich, inventive, and energetic book is a most auspicious debut.”—Malcolm Woodland, “Letters in Canada 2006: Poetry,” University of Toronto Quarterly

Daniel Scott Tysdal is the author of Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau 2006), which received the ReLit Award for Poetry (2007) and the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award (2006). His work has appeared in a number of Canadian literary journals and has earned him both an honourable mention at the 2003 National Magazine Awards and a place in the finals of the CBC’s 2005 National Poetry Face-Off. He teaches creative writing and English literature at the University of Toronto, Scarborough.

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The Nights Also | Anna Swanson

The Nights Also, by Anna SwansonISBN13: 9781926639130
Price: $14.95
Winner of the LAMBDA award and the Gerald Lampert Award!




Fearless and insightful poems that illuminate one woman’s experience of chronic illness, relationships and gender identity, and solitude.

Anna Swanson’s poetry leads you through a life that tries to deal with a misunderstood illness, a gradual acceptance of one’s sexuality, and a sometimes onerous relationship with nature. Her writing is as honest as it is complex, and it attempts to reconcile an identity that has been distorted by illness through a profound analysis of memory and individual meaning. With poems that run the gamut from fearful to the absurd, that are at once deep and pithy, Anna Swanson proves in The Nights Also that she is a brave new voice in Canadian poetry.

Click to read an excerpt from The Nights Also.

Anna Swanson studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her poetry has appeared in PRISM International, The Antigonish Review, The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, and numerous other literary journals. She has paid the rent by planning festivals, selling books, serving drinks, making maps, walking on stilts, bowling with teenagers, writing press releases, and watching for forest fires. She now lives in St John’s NL and works as a librarian.

Praise for The Nights Also

“There are the nights, yes, but in this startling debut collection ‘each day is a / thin steel catwalk of light’ and ‘the sun makes its arc across the mouth’ . . . Each word and image is freshly forged. The poems are smart, original, and daring, the footwork so assured that Anna Swanson dances with the future with no missteps. This is a strong new voice that reaffirms my faith in the heartbeat and vision that poetry can give us.”—Lorna Crozier

“As meditations on illness, these are extraordinary—sad, undermining, and, sometimes, spiked with a sense of humour.”—Tim Lilburn

“‘Oh dear body,’ Anna Swanson writes in her impressive debut collection, ‘How did we get here?’ How indeed? Throughout The Nights Also, Swanson asks: What does it mean to be frail and human. What is illness? Health? Gender? Memory? Love? And though Swanson doesn’t (thank God) arrive at any definitive answers, her skill and delight in exploring life’s mysteries and complexities are palpable. These poems—intelligent, passionate, and beautifully executed—announce the arrival of a gifted poet, one I hope we’ll be hearing from for years to come.’Patricia Young

“Swanson’s narratives are sympathetic and her gestures towards self-advocacy are inspiring. Her speaker is highly personable, with straight-forward language. Having executed the realm of the autobiographically-oriented first collection with panache, I am eager to see what she will take up in subsequent work.”—Angela Hibbs, Broken Pencil

“Swanson’s style and voice are light, inviting, and warm, comfortably drawing the reader in to this nervous, unsettling world.” Heather Holditch, Toronto Word on the Street

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Somewhere to Run From | Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

Somewhere to Run From, by Tara-Michelle ZiniukISBN: 9780978335182
Price: $5—special sale!
Pub Date: 2009

Longlisted for the 2010 ReLit Award




Tara-Michelle Ziniuk’s second collection of poetry is dangerously sarcastic, Toronto-local, bitter, sweet, and bruising in its honesty. Challenging the notions of what a girl runs from, both literally and figuratively, Somewhere to Run From takes on complex settings from which to depart: poverty, pop and sub-culture, madness and normative sexuality among these locations.

“Tara-Michelle Ziniuk produces another undeniably readable, attractive little book of spare, plainspoken poetry… chock full of sarcasm, cleverly slurred confessions, and the broken-bottle-sharp perceptions of a hurt, vulnerable narrator.” Spencer Gordon, Broken Pencil

“A wonderful example of the range of contradictory thoughts and feelings Ziniuk’s Somewhere to Run From will inspire”—goodreads.com

Click to read an excerpt from Somewhere to Run From.

Tara-Michelle Ziniuk is a Montreal-born, Toronto-based author, performer and activist with an extensive background in community radio. She has been published in magazines and anthologies across North America and is a regular contributor to NOW, Broken Pencil Magazine, and Herizons as well as writing for This, $pread, HOUR and others. Her first book, Emergency Contact, was released with McGilligan Books in 2006 to wide critical acclaim and was taught through the English Department at York University.

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Bone Dream-Moira MacDougall

Bone Dream, by Moira MacDougall
ISBN: 9781926639000
Price: $10—special sale price!
Pub Date: Spring 2009

Longlisted for the 2010 ReLit Award





The poems in Bone Dream are darkly sensuous, capturing the unspoken moments of life through images firmly grounded in the body and the material world.

Relationships, family and death are explored at times through the medium of a dancers body, and at other times through the everyday artifacts we find around us. These poems move, disturb and bring us to realization.

Click to read an excerpt from Bone Dream.

Bone Dream is an apt title for such a genuine and elegant debut. MacDougall weaves together the body and the mem­ory and the myth and the real to remind us that it is not the bone that holds up the body, giving strength to rise and descend, to twist and shift, to embrace and be embraced; rather it is the dream.”—Eric Schmaltz, Broken Pencil

Moira MacDougall is the assistant poetry editor of The Literary Review of Canada. She has had poems published in literary magazines and journals across the country. This is her first book length collection.

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